With several bank holidays coming up, there are plenty of opportunities to take baby on a weekend break in the Cotswolds and soak in some fresh air. Here are some of our top tips for where to stay in the Cotswolds:
For a laid-back weekend with amazing food, head to Kingham Plough (see picture above), a pub with rooms in the charming village of Kingham. The pub is renowned for its restaurant, headed by Emily Watkins, who worked for Heston Blumenthal in The Fat Duck before opening Kingham Plough with her husband in 2007. We went to Kingham Plough with friends when our baby daughter was eight months old, and at that time, she and our friends’ baby were at the age where they could sleep in their buggies next to our table while we enjoyed a delicious dinner. We stayed in a large double room, which worked well with a cot, and there were high chairs in the restaurant where our baby had her porridge in the morning. Great stay!
I was very excited when beautiful Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham introduced newly refurbished cottages a few years ago. Four of the Cotswolds cottages are located next to the farmshop and café, and one is in the village of Daylesford. We’re going with friends for a long weekend this summer, as self-catering is such a great option for families. If your baby is not a good sleeper, it might be more relaxing to be able to enjoy dinner with friends in your own living room in the country instead of having to go to a restaurant. The benefit of staying in one of the stylish Daylesford cottages is that you can then lunch in the café, buy groceries in the farmshop, and the spa and the farm animals are on your doorstep. The perfect set-up!
The Wild Rabbit
The most talked about property in the Cotswolds this year is perhaps still The Wild Rabbit. The Wild Rabbit in Kingham is Daylesford Organic’s sister inn, and it opened in September 2013 after a renovation. There are eight rooms, a pub and a dining room at The Wild Rabbit, and it looks like something you’d expect to see in Elle Decoration. Cots are available on request, and the only challenge is really to find any availability!